Who's Playing the M&A Game?

Big hat tip to @"TheKing" for tipping me off to this one. This becomes the most downloaded iPhone app by WSO monkeys in history in 3...2...1...

The game was created by Ansarada, a company in the virtual data room space. For those not involved in mergers and acquisitions, a data room is a secure location where a target company can disclose sensitive information to a potential buyer or buyers. In the old days (and still today), it was an actual room. Ansarada moved the concept online, and now M&A guys using their service can access a data room from anywhere.

The game looks pretty cool, and I can see the leaderboard getting out of hand pretty quickly. The thing is, I'm not sure it's available to play yet. Can anyone confirm/deny? I couldn't find it in the App Store, but then I'm not an Apple guy so I don't really know what I'm doing (Android is so good it just automatically pulls up whatever I'm thinking about at the moment).

I'd love to hear if any of you guys have played / are playing this, or if it's still in beta.

It's about time we got an Angry Birds Wall Street.

Comments (40)

 
Jan 9, 2014 - 8:26am

Not gonna lie, I think this is awesome. The ad tried way too hard, though. God.

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Jan 9, 2014 - 9:25am

I still prefer to piss off the buyers analysts by storing all sorts of antiquated data on paper in some freezing cold room in the middle of no where.

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Jan 9, 2014 - 9:49am

haha that video:

You know you've been working too hard when you stop dreaming about bottles of champagne and hordes of naked women, and start dreaming about conditional formatting and circular references.
 
Jan 9, 2014 - 10:24am

I signed up on the site to get an email when the game launches. I think it could actually be interesting, assuming it's a global game and not just a one-player mode type of thing. Competing with people all over the place could be fun. The thinking man's World of Warcraft, or something like that.

 
Jan 16, 2014 - 4:11am

WallStreetOasis.com:

I wonder how sophisticated the game is...can't be that detailed or it would take all the fun out.

How long until we get kids listing this on their resume.

" * Scored in the 91% on the M&A Game for Q2 2014"

They wouldn't be part of the 1%. Why should I hire them? ;-)

 
Jan 9, 2014 - 11:32am

Whats the over under on the amount of time before the app is flooded with idiots wanting to "M&A the shit out of dem ho'es"

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Jan 9, 2014 - 11:50am

Dude, this is pretty awesome. Occasionally I suffer withdrawal from the M&A world - this seems like the perfect remedy. Where can I sign up? :(

Currently: future psychiatrist (med school =P) Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)
 
Jan 9, 2014 - 11:53am

I've always thought you could modify Monopoly wonderfully for banking, like being able to borrow from the banker etc.

"After you work on Wall Street it’s a choice, would you rather work at McDonalds or on the sell-side? I would choose McDonalds over the sell-side.” - David Tepper
 
Jan 9, 2014 - 1:04pm

I was wondering how the 'game' aspect would work, but this is really cool. I tried to Google for more info but I wasn't seeing anything... has anyone else found out more about this?

 
Jan 9, 2014 - 3:32pm

iLike the fact they had an Audi in the ad

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Jan 9, 2014 - 4:07pm

Looks like it could actually be some fun.

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Jan 9, 2014 - 4:44pm

So what is the actual name of the app? "M&ADE" or something else?

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Jan 9, 2014 - 7:13pm

Download M&ADE > Bus > Audi > Aston > Yacht > Helicopter > ???? > Profit!

Jokes aside, very smart marketing move by Ansarada. It'll give them a ton of exposure to all the analysts and associates that are responsible for choosing data room providers. If this is any good, they'll always be top of mind and will probably end up far cheaper than the T&E budgets for the existing VDR sales reps.

 
Jan 13, 2014 - 7:08am

Will this game also be available on Android?

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Jan 16, 2014 - 9:35am

lol I gave up after a while. The game mechanics are still a little too obscure for my liking. Will probably return once they've refined it a bit. I made it to 1B by the end of the day but it got a little repetitive after a while :/

Currently: future psychiatrist (med school =P) Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)
 
Jan 17, 2014 - 6:58pm

After playing this game on my iPad for 2 days I have gotten bored from it. Anyone else?

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